February 16, 2011 Edition

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Births

Carlee River Clay Elyse Jordan Williams

Weddings/Engagements

Crum ~ Neal

Obituaries

Charlene Andrews Marjorie Lucille Blackshear Guy Davis
Willard Duckworth Bonita Ervin Lela Raye Kirk
Eldon William Medlock Joan Carol Spurlock

Births

Carlee River Clay

Jennifer Ledbetter and Mitchell Clay of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 27, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces and has been named Carlee River Clay.

She has two older siblings, Gage Clay, age five, and Chloe Spring Clay, age two.

Grandparents are Terri Ledbetter and Steve and Susan Ledbetter, all of Gosnell; Robert and Linda Jones of Imboden and Mondle Clay of Ona, W.Va.

She is the great-granddaughter of Jack Reams of Gosnell, Buck and Mable Jones of Minturn and Mary Dennison of Charlotte, N.C. Great-great grandmother is Louise Ledbetter of Gosnell.

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Elyse Jordan Williams

Dr. Brent and Jennifer Williams of Auburn, Ala., have announced the birth of a daughter, born Jan. 20, 2011, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Elyse Jordan Williams. She has one sister, Hadley, four.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tedder of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Williams of Searcy.

Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ellis of Walnut Ridge, and Johnny Williams and Elizabeth Williams, both of Pocahontas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Crum ~ Neal

John and Karen Crum of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hollyann Leigh Crum, to Joshua Warren Neal, son of Pamela Neal of Little Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Virginia Crum of Walnut Ridge, the late Ross Crum and the late Earl and Helen Rash.

She graduated as salutatorian of Walnut Ridge High School in 2006 and from Williams Baptist College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in English arts. She is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she is pursuing a master's degree in journalism. She is employed as a specialist for Dillard's Park Plaza.

Josh is a 1998 graduate of Central High School in Little Rock and a 2004 graduate from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in marketing. He is employed as a loan officer for U.S. Bank Home Mortgage in Little Rock.

The couple will exchange vows at 2:30 p.m. on April 16, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Charlene Andrews

Charlene Andrews, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 14, 1924, at Light, she was the daughter of Joe and Jesse Reed Noblin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Andrews, on July 22, 1995, whom she married on Nov. 22, 1941; a son, Theodore Andrews; and a daughter, Peggy Dacus.

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Gwaltney, Hardy; a brother, Jack Noblin, St. Louis; two grandsons, John Andrews and wife Kim and Jason Andrews and wife Charity, all of Walnut Ridge; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler Andrews, Hayden Andrews, Savannah Andrews, Jacie Andrews, Zoey Andrews and Mikki Jo Andrews.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Paul McFadden officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Andrews, Danny Andrews, Greg Evans, Ricky Joe Noblin, Mitch Whitmire and Bob Bice.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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Marjorie Lucille Blackshear

Marjorie Lucille Oldham Blackshear, 85, of Rockwall, Texas, formerly of Lake City, died Feb. 12, 2011, at the family residence.

Born May 19, 1925, in Portia, she was the seventh of nine children of Thomas Henry and Loma Goad Oldham. She attended school at Arbor Grove. She was a cosmetologist, homemaker and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Springdale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman Dwight Blackshear, whom she married Aug. 21, 1942, Lawrence County; and five siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Alice Louise Blackshear England and husband Phillip, Dallas; two sisters, Armolee Garner, Paragould, and Beuna Manthey, West Memphis; a brother, Elvis Oldham, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and two grandchildren, Cary Dean England and Holly Louise England.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hoxie with Blake Davis officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.

Visitation will be from noon until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Guy Davis

Guy Earl Davis, 89, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 14, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 20, 1922, in Hoxie, he was the son of Rufus and Laura Davis. He was a partner in Gilmer and Davis Electric and a member of the Jonesboro and Nettleton Masonic Lodge and the Olive Chapter of the Eastern Star. He served in the U.S. Army 7th Air Corps during World War II as a staff sergeant and was a member of the 494th Heavy Group "Kelly's Kobras."

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Davis; his second wife, Carolyn Davis; three brothers, Almus Davis, Mitchell Davis and Freddie Davis; and a sister, Clara Bell Baird.

Survivors include a son, Terry Davis and wife Debbie, Jonesboro; a daughter, Delores Wilson and husband Ed, Jonesboro; three stepsons, Mike Gilmer, Steve Gilmer and Don Gilmer; seven grandchildren, Dr. Brad Edgar, Jeff Edgar, Aaron Davis, Stephanie Stank, Cindy Williams, Tony Wilson and Chris Wilson; and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Sigmond officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be the members of the Jonesboro and Nettleton Masonic Lodge. Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be sent to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Willard Duckworth

Donald "Willard" Duckworth, 81, of Salem, Mo., died Feb. 8, 2011.

Born May 4, 1929, in Memphis, he was the son of David "Warren" and Ruby Avis Smith Duckworth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He then earned a teaching degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He taught at Dora, Cabool and Salem in Missouri before retiring in 1989.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Woodyard; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Deters.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Corene "Laquetia" Smith Duckworth, whom he married Nov. 15, 1952; a son, David Duckworth and wife Dianne, Flippin; two daughters, Brenda Bishop and husband Ray, Paragould, and Beth Duckworth and husband Tony Farris, Mokane, Mo.; a brother, Howard Duckworth and wife Delores, Imboden; two sisters, Glenda Jones and husband Harlen, Texas, and Anna B. Ruscin and husband John, Sullivan, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Mo., with Rev. Beth Duckworth officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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Bonita Ervin

Bonita "Beanie" Ervin, 61, of Imboden, died Feb. 14, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She had lived in Wisconsin before moving to Lawrence County almost 30 years ago. She was a co-founder of the family-owned business, AAA Carpet Cleaning, and was of the Lutheran belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron Ervin, in 2007; her parents, Clarence and Doris Buehler Ploeckelman; and a brother, Roy Ploeckelman.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Ervin and wife, Susan, Black Rock, and Clint Ervin and wife, Candi, Imboden; four brothers, Bill Ploeckelman, Dale Jim Ploeckelman, David Ploeckelman and Steve Ploeckelman, all of Wisconsin; two sisters, Darlene Hafferman and Janet Piechowski, both of Wisconsin; and six grandchildren, Christian Ervin, Caylia Ervin, Chaley Ervin, Jake Woods, Devin Woods and Destiny Ervin.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Don House officiating.

Visitation will be from noon until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265 or online at www.komen.org.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Lela Raye Kirk

Lela Raye Kirk, 98, of Biggers, died Feb. 9, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 7, 1912, in Engleberg, she was the daughter of A.B, and Nora Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thaniel Kirk; three siblings, Herman Campbell, Tommie Robinson and Mary Dunlap; and a grandson, Roy Gene Caldwell.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Clements and husband Butch and Carolyn Myers and husband Don, all of Biggers; a sister, Bonnie Kellett and husband Ray, Pocahontas; a brother-in-law, Johnnie Dunlap, Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Alma Hawkins, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Delores Hill, Craig Hill, Shannon Sessoms, Heather Dean, Aaron Myers and Darin Clements; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Mike Kellett and Gerald Fears officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ in Biggers or to the Children's Home in Paragould.

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Eldon William Medlock

Eldon William Medlock, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2011.

Born May 16, 1919, in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Shelby and Cammie Medlock. He was a retired rice farmer and a member of Main Street Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Persian Gulf Service Command, whose mission was to insure the uninterrupted flow of lend-lease arms and supplies to Russia.

He was preceded in death by a son, Teddy Joe Medlock; and a sister, Atha Bennett.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Maxine Medlock; his daughter-in-law and caregiver, Nancy Medlock, of the home; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Beck, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Beauton Runsick, Maumelle, and Lois Brightwell, Kalamazoo, Mich.; three grandchildren, Joe Medlock, Toby Medlock and Mary Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Joe Medlock, Toby Medlock, Derek Medlock, Dylan Medlock, Darren Medlock, Tyler Medlock and Raymond Cain.

Memorials may be made to the Childrens Home in Paragould.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Joan Carol Spurlock

Joan Carol Spurlock, 63, died Jan. 6, 2011, at the Conway Human Development Center.

She was born Oct. 24, 1947, in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Irene White Spurlock; and two sisters, Dottie Sue Spurlock and Margaret Ann Townsley.

Survivors include two nieces, Lisa Caldwell, Hoxie, and Chris Garner, Walnut Ridge; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside service was Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Ryan Johnston officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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